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For Immediate Release

January 17, 2017 James Badway, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Florida (813) 484-4232;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Add Alleged Cop Killer To 15 Most Wanted Fugitive List
Suspect allegedly killed pregnant ex-girlfriend; reward of up to $25,000 being offered
**UPDATE: Markeith Loyd Aprehended On The Same Day
He Was Placed On 15 Most Wanted List**  Read More

Markeith Loyd (Captured)Washington – The U.S. Marshals turned up the heat today in the search for the suspect in the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer by adding him to their 15 Most Wanted list.

Markeith Loyd, 41, is accused of fatally shooting Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton outside a Wal-Mart on Princeton Street at John Young Parkway on Monday.

“The U.S. Marshals Service created the 15 Most Wanted list for fugitives like Markeith Loyd, whose alleged crimes are horrendous. Loyd’s potential for continued violence makes his arrest a priority for the U.S. Marshals,” said U.S. Marshals Service Deputy Director David Harlow. “Loyd demonstrated a blatant disregard and lack of respect for human life. The U.S. Marshals, along with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners will not rest until he is brought to justice.”

Loyd violated his federal supervised release on Dec. 13, when he allegedly murdered his pregnant ex-girlfriend, 24-year-old Sade Dixon, and attempted to kill her brother who was also present. On Dec. 14, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Loyd for the following charges: first-degree murder with a firearm, killing an unborn child by injury to the mother, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. His probation officer submitted a petition requesting a warrant for his arrest, which was granted by a federal magistrate judge on Dec. 15. At that time, the U.S. Marshals initiated their fugitive investigation to capture Loyd.

“On Monday, January 9, 2017, the Orlando Police Department lost a hero,” said Orlando Police Chief John W. Mina. “Master Sergeant Debra Clayton was tragically murdered doing the job she loved so dearly. Suspect Markeith Loyd is wanted for this crime. The U.S. Marshals Service has placed Markeith Loyd on their 15 Most Wanted List. As the Chief of our City I ask for your assistance in taking this dangerous criminal off our streets.”

U.S. Marshal Bill Berger of the Middle District of Florida agreed.

“The carnage left behind by this malicious individual and his propensity for violence puts the public at great risk every day he remains on the run,” said Berger. “We are resolute in our commitment to assist the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Orlando Police Department in capturing Loyd and will use all available resources to ensure he faces justice.”

Hundreds of tips have come in since the shooting of Officer Clayton, but Loyd continues to evade capture.

The U.S. Marshals are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading directly to Loyd’s arrest. Additional reward may be available. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Central Florida Crimeline at (407) 423-TIPS.

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